Introduction

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Credit: Melissa Engle/MCC

“Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.” (Ruth 1:16b)

In the story of Ruth, we find a woman who experienced migration from different vantage points. Her husband’s family had come to Moab, Ruth’s home, fleeing a famine. Later, Ruth herself would become a migrant, following her mother-in-law Naomi to Judah. Ruth had the opportunity both to show welcome and to be welcomed.

Today, many churches are welcoming immigrants in their communities through financial assistance, documentation services and language training. Relationships are built through mutual support and friendship, with the knowledge that we are all one people.

As the U.S. Congress debates immigration reform proposals, churches are playing another important role, calling for more just government policies toward immigrants through public events such as vigils and “prayer and faxing.”

Read on to learn how the debate is shaping up and how churches and individuals are calling for just and humane immigration reform.

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